August 30, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $480K In Federal Funds For Sullivan County International Airport

Federal Dept. of Transportation Grant Funds Critical Infrastructure Improvements

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $481,200 in federal funding for Sullivan County International Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the funding will be used to install an emergency generator, which will provide power to the runway lighting system in the event of a power outage. The funds will also support the installation of a new runway guidance system, which will include a precision approach path indicator to make the airport more accessible by improving approaches to the runway ends. 

“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to attracting business and tourism to the region,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will allow the Sullivan County International Airport to make critical infrastructure upgrades to its runway lighting and guidance systems that will enable safer, more efficient service for the passengers and pilots who fly in and out of the region every day.”

“Investing in our airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are a major investment for Sullivan County Airport to renovate and upgrade their facilities. I will continue to push for resources that enhance efficiency and public safety at our airports.”

This funding is awarded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and is administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Funds obligated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes, and other similar revenue sources.